SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THEIR LOVE OF SEQUELS ONE STEP TOO FAR.
At the same time as “Stab” (the movie version of the murders in Woodsboro) opens, a new killer with a “scream” mask torments the survivors and their friends. It only took a year for the Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson duo to crank out this sequel, but it’s a good one. The murders are staged in exciting and clever ways (the first scene is very operatic), the jokes and meta references are amusing (there’s even a discussion on the inferior nature of sequels) and the cast is likable, with Courteney Cox and David Arquette featured more prominently this time. Few will care that there’s little logic in the story.
1997-U.S. 120 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Wes Craven. Screenplay: Kevin Williamson. Cast: David Arquette (Dwight “Dewey” Riley), Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf… Jerry O’Connell, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, David Warner, Heather Graham, Joshua Jackson, Kevin Williamson. Cameos: Tori Spelling, Luke Wilson.
Trivia: Followed by Scream 3 (2000).